Only wooden pencil connoisseurs know that all sharpened wooden pencils are not created equal. The length of the sharpened lead core can make a big difference in a "make it or break it" lead experience. This pencil sharpener allows you to adjust the length of the sharpened lead core. Numbers are labeled on a dial, the larger the number the longer the sharpened lead core. Levels range from 1 to 5, as well as a "close" that shuts the pencil hole to avoid shaving spillage.
I seriously like this thing. 5 different lengths and each produces a sharp tip.
I already forgot if it's 1 or 5 that makes the regular pencil angle; I very
quickly decided 3 is my favorite setting. Slightly shorter than normal, sharpens
fast, good for sketching.
I bought this sharpener because it CLOSES. I've been having trouble with pencil
shavings escaping inside my pencil bag – invariably finding their way into my
kneaded erasers (which I finally had to isolate in tiny jars). I saw this
sharpener and thought Huzzah!
A Note: Do please set it back to "close" after every time you use it! --->
I kept mine open on a setting for several days, when I went to close the little
plastic slot had trouble sliding all the way. I thought Oh no I've broken it!
It's loose and rattles and won't stay shut! BUT... after a day or so of sitting
in the closed position, it returned back to its normal snappy fully-closeable
self. Yay! And whew. :3 (The settings mechanism inside is plastic so it was
probably starting to bend under those days of stress. Take away the stress, and
it relaxes back into shape.)
I am one of the few people left that prefer to use a wood pencil over a
mechanical one. Unfortunately, I have had a hard time finding a compact
sharpener that will provide a nice sharp point like the old school hand crank
sharpeners do. This sharpener by far is the best!! I actually prefer to use
this sharpener over the hand crank one I have...yes, that's right...I actually
have a hand crank sharpener mounted in the garage. I especially enjoy the
different settings available although my favorite would be the #3 setting.